The Last Stand Album Cover

Rorke’s Drift


News that came that morning told that the main force had been slain
Chance for peace and justice gone and all talks had been in vain
A prince had been offended and he has gone the path of war
Now that 1500 men are dead and the Zulu’s at the door

Zulus attack,
Fight back to back
Show them no mercy and
Fire at will
Kill or be killed
Facing, awaiting

A hostile spear, a new frontier, the end is near
There’s no surrender
The lines must hold, their story told, Rorke’s Drift controlled

Later on that fateful day as they head towards the drift
Stacking boxes, fortify, preparations must be swift
Spears and shields of oxen hide facing uniforms and guns
As the rifles fire, echoes higher, (beating) like the sound of drums

1879, when a few held the line
Back to back, attack, the dead are stacked
Where a last stand was made, and the empire saved
Back to back, attack, the dead are stacked

Watch the lyric video for ‘Rorke’s Drift’ below.

Lyrics:Brodén / Sundström
Historic Fact
One of history’s most renowned last stands, the Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place in 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu war. For two days, 150 British and colonial soldiers defended the Rorke’s Drift mission station in South Africa while being attacked by 4,000 Zulu warriors.

Find out more about The Battle of Rorke's Drift.